With this test, we wanted to give our customers a comprehensive and objective overview of the currently common 4K / DCI and 4K / UHD monitors. With various tests and additional know-how from Christian Saure (DIT and video operator with on-set experience in various commercials, TV series, feature films, cinema productions, ...) we were able to create a practical handout with calibration overview and results and a 4K Monitor comparison chart – and all this for you to download. ?
The new 4K/UHD Cine24 convinced us with its 12V DC inputs (GM or V-Mount battery plates) as well as with its 2pin Lemo and USB-C outputs.
Also its low weight, the various mounting options and the nice Software features make the Cine24 a really nice and approved on set monitor.
To be honest, the viewing angle isn´t satisfying and some functions as dual- and quad split are not unlocked yet (status April 2021) and currently the monitor crops the 4K DCI input.
But in terms of price and performance, the Cine24 is one of the best SET monitor in our comparison.
SmallHD OLED 22:
Same as its bigger “brother” the SmallHD OLED22 convinced us with its power in- and outputs.
It is even lighter and with its true 10-bit and OLED panel this is definitely an awesome on set monitor for everybody who needs clear and accurate colors.
As all 4K SmallHD monitors run the software the dual- and quad split functions are not unlocked yet (status April 2021), as well as the 4K DCI crop.
TVLogic shows with the LUM-242H a Monitor with the best price-performance ratio in our test.
With a solid panel, high brightness, a good and easy manual calibration workflow it´s a real nice monitor. However, the (7) fans are very loud – which definitely could cause an audio problem for productions on set.
But you can find all information in the handout.
Atomos NEON 24:
We were quite impressed by the panel of the Atomos NEON24, but we have to say it´s not the best on set monitor.
The fans are loud and you can´t use the Monitor with batteries (12V) but only via power adapter.
Although the SSD recoding option could be a benefit. But as it requires NEON Master Control Unit (HDMI) and AtomX SDI Expansion Module (3G-SDI) for the in- and outputs this could be useful as well as obstructive.
Sony PVM-X1800 and Sony PVM-X2400:
Sony shows everyone how it´s done – when it comes to calibration.
These two monitors definitely have the best panel in our comparison and they are best to calibrate.
We do have to point out, that both PVM-X… monitors are voluminous and the required power input (24V) makes it hard to use them on set.
Never the less via calibration we got results of Delta E <1, which is near reference monitor and perfect to judge the picture and colors.
Links for Download:
4K On-Set Handout with calibration results (DE)